On March 22nd the Kansas City Star announced the death of Joelouis Mattox, who had worked tirelessly to record the history of African Americans in the Kansas City area.  The article can be found here:


He had, as the article indicates, been working to stress the role of African Americans in World War I.  Like most of his projects, he worked to preserve that history in the KC Metro.  In fact, a few weeks earlier the Star reported on those efforts:


Now he can rest with those who went before.

Blair Tarr is the Museum Curator of the Kansas State Historical Society. He oversees the three-dimensional collections of the Society, but has special interests in the Civil War, Wichita-made Valentine diners, and Leavenworth's Abernathy Furniture. In the last few years he has also done a lot of cramming on The Great War. He is a past president of the Kansas Museums Association and the Civil War Round Tables of both Kansas City and Eastern Kansas. He is currently a board member of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.